Anosognia and hiraeth two extremely important words in any attempt to understand Maureen’s presentation. They are recent acqusitions to my vocabulary, and would certainly warrant a challenge in any game of scrabble.
Anosognosia defines a reluctance to accept a medical diagnosis.
Hiraeth explains ‘wanting to go home syndrome’.
I see little point in encouraging Maureen to accept that she has dementia. I can fully understand how she wants to go with: ‘I lost my memory once and it was frightening’.
Following our trip back to Nottingham, Maureen’s home town, one destination has been ruled out as a better place to live. It is possible that the same job will need to be done on Coventry.
What is going to happen next on our journey with dementia? I have to confess I have no idea where we will be going. It doesn’t worry me in the slightest when you have a Champions League Winner in your midst it doesn’t really matter. All I need to concentrate on to adulterate a Strictly Come Dancing phrase is to: Keep Listening